Alright let’s do this

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Alright let’s do this
November 21st, 2017
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What a mess

“Big SCOOP from @politico's tech team,” tweets Carrie Budoff Brown of FCC to seek total repeal of net neutrality rules, sources say, reported by Margaret Harding McGill of Politico. “End of equal internet for all?” asks Eve Tahmincioglu. Cecilia Kang reports on the story for The New York Times in F.C.C. Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules. What does it mean for you? Let Michael Ogden explain: “This is, really, really bad. You're going to see your streaming prices go WAY THE HELL UP,” he tweets. Tweets Karlin Lillington, “Announcement expected today. What a mess.”

Also messy: State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers. That’s the exclusive from Reuters’ Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick. They write, “A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.” In other words, “Rex Tillerson: Soft on countries that use child soldiers,” tweets Lisa Hymas. “america, moral sinkhole,” tweets Oliver Willis.

Meanwhile, “An off-the-cuff remark by Trump has come back to haunt one of his executive orders,” tweets Eli Rosenberg, who links to his piece in The Washington Post, Federal judge blocks Trump’s executive order on denying funding to sanctuary cities.

Et tu, Charlie?

Neha Shastry is referring to the report from Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain of The Washington Post that Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them - with nudity, groping and lewd calls. “Dammit Charlie!” says Luke Morris. “I'll just be over here being sad,” says Les Perreaux. Of Rose’s statement to the Post, Chris McDaniel tweets, “What a terrible passive voice statement.” “The crusty paw says it all,” tweets Kara Swisher.

Congress’s sexual harassment cover-up slush fund

“In case you thought the sexual misconduct allegations were done for the day,” Philip Bump directs you to this piece from Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa of BuzzFeed News: She Complained That A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story, which is “a look behind the curtain at Congress' sexual harassment cover-up slush fund, feat. John Conyers,” as Ryan Cooper tweets. Tweets Matt Ford, “Congress basically has a star chamber for staffers who try to report sexual harassment from legislators.” “Plot twist,” says Natasha Bertrand, of the fact that Mike Cernovich provided the documents to BuzzFeed News. Tweets Elana Schor, “Kudos to Buzzfeed for getting this Conyers settlement and disclosing Cernovich as the original source.”

There’s more on Conyers, a Democrat from Detroit, from Melissa Nann Burke of the Detroit News: Report: Conyers settled sex misconduct complaint.

So now seems like a good opportunity for a “good refresher on reporting on sexual misconduct without sacrificing journalistic standards,” as Manisha Krishnan tweets. She links to Which sexual harassment and assault stories should you cover? — helpful guidelines from Poynter’s staff.

Should be interesting

Brian Stelter of CNN Money reports, Justice Department set to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal. He tweets, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. AT&T INC. et al.” “Alright let's do this,” says Brendan Bordelon.

Sara Gay Forden and David McLaughlin have the story for Bloomberg, AT&T to Face U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit Over Time Warner. Notes Alistair Barr, “If net neutrality was preserved, maybe uniting a supplier of content with a distributor wouldn't be so worrying.” “Our first big antitrust fight under Trump. Should be interesting,” says Christie Smythe.

The human toll of technology

The Apple iPhone X may have been named one of TIME’s 25 best inventions of 2017, but as Yuan Yang of the Financial Times reports, Apple’s iPhone X was assembled by illegal student labour. “When working overtime to assemble the latest iPhone is a high school graduation requirement…” tweets Shawn Donnan. “This is a heart breaking reminder of the human toll of technology,” says Shira Ovide.

Who owns the fiasco

It’s The beginning of the end of Angela Merkel, Josef Joffe writes for Politico. Tweets @POLITICOEurope: “OPINION: Merkel may not think so, but in the end it is always No. 1 who owns the fiasco, not some lesser player.” “Angela the Eternal no more. By the incomparable Joe Joffe,” tweets Matthew Kaminski.


Edwin Rios of Mother Jones reports, A Texas Sheriff Threatened This Woman for Having a “F**K TRUMP” Bumper Sticker. Her New Sticker Says F**k the Sheriff. Tweets Joy Reid, “This woman is the First Amendment in human form.” “BUMPER STICKER LADY 2020,” tweets Lauren Duca‏.

Tuesday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Most people thought Grammy presenter Alice Cooper was joking when he announced the winner of the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal award the year that category was introduced. Who was the winner? Bonus points for naming the album.

Answer: That was the night Jethro Tull beat Metallica for “Crest Of A Knave” in the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal category. Ridiculous, of course, but without it, we wouldn’t have this great play-by-play of how it all went down.

Congrats to…Craig Pittman, first to tweet all the correct answers. And, as Debra Krol pointed out, it did feature “awesome hard flute music from Ian Anderson!”

Your question of the day for today is…Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, but the two first met in 1934 when Philip was 13 and the then-Princess was eight. What was the occasion?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Featured Journalist: Josh Castro


Today’s featured journalist is Josh Castro, a Norfolk, VA-based freelance journalist who has written for American Military News, The Mace & Crown and VA Fighting, among others. A former United States Marine, Josh proudly served his country while fighting alongside the 1st Marine Division during Operation Enduring Freedom. After leaving the service, he began a career in writing in an effort to highlight veteran issues. He then transitioned into sports journalism and currently contributes to a wide range of sporting websites and news outlets. Read more about Josh and check out some of his work here.

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